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Ex-cop officer waives hearing in suitcase slaying

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — A former police officer accused of killing two women and hiding their remains in a pair of suitcases is headed to trial after waiving his preliminary hearing in southern Wisconsin.

Steven Zelich is charged with first-degree homicide and hiding a corpse in Kenosha County, where he’s accused of killing Jenny Gamez, of Cottage Grove, Ore.

According to a criminal complaint, the 52-year-old former West Allis officer killed the 19-year-old college student during a sexual choking game and then hid her body in his home and car for months before dumping it in Walworth County in early June.

Prosecutors typically use a complaint during a preliminary hearing as the basis to convince a judge to hold someone for trial.

Zelich also is a suspect in the death of a Farmington, Minn., woman.

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